We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Politics and Morality


Political action will not change people spiritually. Moralistic preaching did not help Sodom. The only thing that will change a Sodomite is repentance and faith.

David J. MacLeod, “The Judgment of Sodom,” The Emmaus Journal, Vol.2/No.3, pg.163

Friday, January 18, 2019

God Is Spirit, Light, and Love


God is spirit as to His essence; He is not flesh and blood. To be sure, Jesus Christ now has a glorified body in heaven, and one day we shall have bodies like His body. But being by nature spirit, Go is not limited by time and space the way His creatures are.

God is light. This refers to His holy nature. In the Bible, light is a symbol of holiness and darkness is a symbol of sin (1 John 1:5-10; John 3:18-21)Go cannot sin because He is holy. Because we have been born into His family, we have received His holy nature (2 Peter 1:4; 1 Peter 1:14-16).

God is love. This does not mean that “love is God.” And the fact that two people “love each other” does not mean that their love is necessarily holy. It has accurately been said that “love does not define God, but God defines love.” God is love and God is light; therefore, His love is a holy love, and His holiness is expressed in love. All that God does expresses all that God is. Even His judgments are measured out in love and mercy (Lam. 3:22, 23).

Much that is called “love” in modern society bears no resemblance or relationship to the holy, spiritual love of God. Yet we see banners saying “God is love!” displayed at many festivals, particularly where young people are “doing their own thing”—as if one could dignify immorality by calling it “love.”

Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Real [commentary on 1 John], pg.138-139

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hermeneutics


You should discern in the Bible what God says to different people at different times; there are passages that apply specifically to the Jews, or to the Gentiles, or to the Church (1 Cor.10:32). You must be careful to distinguish between them. Though all of the Bible was written for you, not all of it was written to you.

Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Real [commentary on 1 John], pg.96

Monday, January 14, 2019

Bad and Ugly Stuff in the Church

Hillsong’s Brain Houston wins the False Teacher of the Year Award.

More proof that the Pope is a pawn of Satan.

First it was the priests who sexually molested children, now it’s the nuns.  This is what happens when you force your people to abstain from sex — they do it secretly!

Pedophilia and homosexuality are rampant in the Catholic Church, not just in the USA but all over the world. This paragraph is very telling: But the Church invited this scandal when it began allowing homosexuals to enter its seminaries in the 1960s. They did so because of the difficulty of recruiting young men into the priesthood who quite naturally wanted to marry and have families. As more and more homosexuals flooded seminaries and then went into the priesthood, a culture of homosexuality was fostered in the church with all its attendant pathologies.

Beth Moore.  I really wish this narcissist would go away so we’d never again hear from her with her horrid teachings.  Just what do we do with her?!?!

Rank heretic and vicious wolf Kenneth Copeland is again claiming God tells him things; God has told him he will live to be 120 years old so he can continue to preach the “gospel.”  All Copeland ever taught were the lies of Satan.

More proof that Jimmy Carter worships a different God and different Christ than who we find in Scripture. This is nothing less than pure blasphemy. His ideology is the reason he was the worst President in history—that is, until Obama.

Todd White is a dangerous, demon-lead wolf.  I just don’t understand why anyone would listen to him.

Francis Chan is another dangerous wolf.

A closure to the Harvest Bible Chapel/James MacDonald lawsuit situation. He needs “to confess, repent, and resign.”

Christine Caine: her teachings are straight from hell.

For once, I agree with Andy Stanley, although not for the same reason.  The 10Cs were never meant for anyone but Israel, as I demonstrated in this article about the Sabbath. However, as I note in my article, nine of the ten are what Paul says are planted in the heart of everyone, and are all noted as binding in the New Testament. As for erecting 10C monuments, Stanley doesn’t seem to understand that they memorialize the moral laws which are the foundation of the Church as well as society as a whole.

Thabiti Anyabwile continues to demonstrate that he is not qualified to be a pastor. He promotes illegal activities.

Friday, January 11, 2019

The Subtle Advance of Worldliness


It is important to note that no Christian becomes worldly all of a sudden. Worldliness creeps up on a believer; it is a gradual process. First is the friendship of the world (James 4:4). By nature, the world and the Christian are enemies (“Marvel not, my brethren, it the world hate you,” 1 John 3:13). A Christian who is a friend of the world is an enemy of God. 

Next, the Christian becomes “spotted by the world” (James 1:27). The world leave its dirty marks on one or two areas of his life. This means that gradually the believer accepts and adopts the ways of the world.

When this happens, the world ceases to hate the Christian and starts to love him! So John warns us, “Love not the world!”—but too often our friendship with the world leads to love. As a result, the believer becomes conformed to the world (Rom. 12:2) and you can hardly tell the two apart.

Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Real [commentary on 1 John], pg. 73-74

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Love and Hate


In more than one area of life, love and hate go hand in hand. A husband who loves his wife is certainly going to exercise a hatred for what would harm her.

Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Real [commentary on 1 John], pg.65

Monday, January 7, 2019

The Trouble With Lying


One problem with dishonesty is that just keeping a record of our lies and pretenses is a full-time job! Abraham Lincoln used to say that if a man is going to be a liar, he had better have a good memory! When a person uses up all his energy in pretending, he has nothing left for living; and life becomes shallow and tasteless. A person who pretends not only robs himself of reality, but he keeps himself from growing: his true self is smothered under the false self.

Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Real [commentary on 1 John], pg.35

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Sin Has Unchangeable Consequences


God can and will cleanse the record, but He does not change the results. No one can unscramble an egg.

Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Real [commentary on 1 John], pg. 30

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Need to Distinguish Error


As never before, Christians today need ability to distinguish between right and wrong, between truth and error. The notion is widespread, in our generation, that there are no “absolutes”—that nothing is always wrong and that nothing is always right. False doctrines, therefore, are more prevalent than at any time in history--and most men and women seem to be willing to accept almost any teaching except the truths of the Bible.

Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Real [commentary on 1 John], pg.23

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Book, DVD give away since 2016


I got curious as to how many books and DVDs I’ve passed on to my readers since 2016 when I started keeping record, so I decided to take a look at my records. Yes, I have logged all of them just for keeping track of who was sent what so if a conversation arises in regards to what was sent (which has happened), I am able to know the connection!  Now, I have to say that at least a third of these were leftover from ministries, but the rest just came off my shelf — which is still too full!

This does not include numerous articles, AIG booklets, teaching CDs, etc. which have also been sent out.

Year Books DVDs/VHS
2016 56     5
2017 50    3/1
2018 91    16

I pray that these have been a blessing to those who received them; it has certainly blessed me to be able to find people who are interested in learning from these items.